Monthly Archives: March 2008

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YouTube’d memories: Hotel California

When I answered the “favorite song” question in the Photobucket meme (see #9), I actually chose my number two song. I think it is called “the familiarity effect” in cognitive psychology – I listen to my CD compilation of favorite Beatles’ songs occasionally, while I don’t even have a CD compilation of favorite “assorted” songs.

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Aimless wanderer

The spring showed a bit of skin today, and I could only look out the window for so long before deciding that I’d better get up and go out. One of the first thoughts was a round of golf, but my last round in December managed to dampen my enthusiasm for the activity. Instead, I

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Riding lessons

Besides giving everybody a chance to see my girls enjoy an exotic – for us – pursuit, I also aimed at illustrating the quick-changing weather with this clip. Alas, compressed diminished quality of the video made that less discernible. Just smile at the sight of the girls ahorse, then…     P.S. I know I

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I’ve been caught

I could only be stealthy for so long. A speed camera finally caught me in the act. As far as I can tell, I ran afoul of one of the weirdest of the speed limits. In a “built-up urban” area, the national limit is 30 mph, unless posted otherwise. And when it is not posted

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Lonesome again

Well, here I am, with only a computer for company, four full weekend days ahead unencumbered with any plans whatsoever, and an unappetizing concept of surviving for a while on my own once again. On a bright side, I should shed a dozen pounds, having no one to lovingly feed me. Yes, the family is

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Music of My Life

Warning: Despite English narration, majority of the clips used in this post are in Russian. Three other European languages, besides English, are also present. I hope my English-language audience will still enjoy the music. My kid brother did me one better and created a meme of his own. While he did not explicitly state the

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Selling IT to schoolchildren

A colleague from work and I volunteered to participate in a local educational workshop program for high school children. The theme of the program was promoting the notion of the Diploma in IT, and our task was to come up with an engaging way of illustrating the importance of IT skills in our particular line

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Back from Wales

This has not been the most exciting of trips, for two main reasons. First, it was mighty cold and, unlike in London, where not a single snowflake has graced us with its presence this winter, we had nothing less than intermittent hail following us through the northern part of Wales. Second, – and probably more

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YouTube’d memories: A Matter of Trust

This song was my introduction to Billy Joel, whose groundbreaking USSR tour in 1987 paved the road for many other Western acts. By the whim of some Soviet culture ministry functionary – or was it a random selection? – A Matter Of Trust has gotten the lion’s share of exposure on Soviet TV, and remained

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Twirl this hoop

The athletic fever amongst the parents in our family has shifted. While the girls continue their pursuits in skating, swimming and trampolining, I have all but stopped going to the gym. Sad, but true. Natasha, in the meantime, has picked up a new type of exercise to keep in shape. It is called the 3G

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Obama is growing on me

I can’t say that I’m a convert, but I can clearly see why Obama is an appealing candidate. Read his speech and I dare you to tell me that a picture of a thoughtful, moral and remarkably sincere human being has not formed in your head. Eloquent and moving too – but that’s a long-accepted

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Spammers get creative

I get my share of spam comment and trackback attempts, which are not at all visible to my faithful reader. Of the number of ways to prevent spam content from appearing on the website, I use “moderation”, which, for non-initiated, simply means that every comment submission goes through my explicit approval. Not the customer-friendliest approach,

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Sleepovers and food markets

A quick check of my posts for the last few months reveals that the chronicles of our daily doings have been lately limited to weekend happenstance. I can’t say that I am surprised by that. Sitting here thinking about things to write about, I am quite perplexed to pick something that does not qualify as

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Movie review: Stardust

As an admitted fan of fantasy, I was very much looking forward to finally seeing Stardust. It did not disappoint. Engaging plot, a universe populated by well-developed characters, a healthy sprinkling of magic – it all comes together to serve as a wonderful stage to explore The Big Idea. Which happens to be not about

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Simple taxes made harder

If your income consists of solely salary and wages, then filing a tax return in England is a very simple self-assessment process. Online or on paper, you literally need to provide just a handful of numbers from your W-2 equivalent (called P60), tick off a bunch of boxes, sign, and voilà, you’re done. It does

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Photobucket meme

A fun meme that I ganked from SamuraiFrog (as always, Jason was ahead of me in terms of ganking). 1. Go to photobucket.com 2. Type in your answer for each question into the PhotoBucket search bar. 3. Choose your favorite photo to represent your answer. 4. Copy the html and paste it here. 5. Answer

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Phones restored

In case you were wondering, the agency that manages our house insisted on fixing the phone cabling problem described in this post. The technician showed up, confirmed that some wiring was torn apart, fixed it in under ninety seconds and wrote up a report that will allow the agency to reclaim the cost of his

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Road tax will go up

Continuing with the threads of road tax, environment and a fight for lower emissions, the newly produced UK government Budget calls for an increase of that tax for the most-polluting vehicles to £425 a year. (among the sources, try this one) The increase will be put in place in April of 2009, which is after

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